Searching for a sharply styled supermini that’s well-built and cheap to run? The Kia Rio should be towards the top of your list. The current model was released in 2011, but remains close to the top of the class thanks to impressive interior space and a frugal range of engines.
Kia has kept the colour range relatively simple – there are seven choices in total. There’s a wide range of choice though, from contemporary greys to bright reds and yellows. And the best bit? Every single one is a no-cost option, so you needn’t worry about your favourite colour being out of budget.
Clear White – £0
Although it’ll be a bit of a faff to keep clean, a bright white should help to maintain strong residual values thanks to it being such a fashionable choice.
Midnight black – £0
Midnight black is likely to be a popular choice on the used car market, particularly with first-time buyers who tend to buy superminis. It should look clean for longer than Clear White, too.
Blaze red – £0
A bright red is well-suited to a supermini, and when the time comes to sell it’ll stand out from among the plainer shades in the used-car adverts.
Urban Blue – £0
Available for the middle-of-the-range ‘2’ and ‘3’ Rio variants only, Urban Blue will be easier to keep clean than some of the other choices here.
Bright Silver – £0
Maintaining the straightforward naming strategy for the Rio’s colours, Bright Silver should hold strong values when the time comes to part exchange or sell. It’s available on every trim level but not the top-spec ‘4’.
Graphite – £0
With Kia hoping to steal sales from the Volkswagen Polo, it makes sense to offer the type of dark metallic grey which is so popular with VW fans. Available on top-spec ‘4’ models only, it should be one of the better colour choices in the range for hiding any muck.
Yellow Zest – £0
The SR-7 version of the Rio is aimed to appeal to younger car buyers, with its 15-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, parking sensors, and the option of this vibrant Yellow Zest paint finish. It certainly won’t be for everyone, although its rarity might help it maintain similar residuals to the rest of the range.
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